Writer: My Love Affair with Manhattan (Vignettes of a Life in the City) and Ballad, The Light Follower (Book 1) of a Young Adult Portal Fantasy Series (in progress), Literary Fiction/Nonfiction, and Children's Fiction. Publisher/Owner: Fairhaven Road Books. Longtime member: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. 

Joanie moved from Iowa to Chicago to New York City to Los Angeles. Today you can find her (and her black turtleneck) writing a chapter on her grocery bag while walking home, or jotting down notes for her next fantasy novel while doing Pilates. Writing, and all of the Arts, have always been intertwined in every area of her life (as shown below).

Also Seasoned In: Editing, Interior Design/Art Consultation, Fashion Consultation, Visual Merchandising, Management/Organization, Project Management, Buying, Artist Representative, as well as in Retail and Luxury Sales with high profile companies in New York City, downtown Chicago, and Iowa.

As an Interior Design/Art Consultant: Has worked with, and personalized, over twenty-one styles, including Art Deco, Art Moderne, Asian, Avant-Garde, American Country, English Country, French Country, Contemporary, Eclectic, Flea Market, Hi-Tech, Minimalist, Middle Eastern, Mission,  Neo-Classic, Outsider Intuitive Visionary Art, Rustic, Sophisticated-Funk, Scandinavian, Traditional, Updated Traditional, and others.

As a Buyer of Furniture, Art, Accessories, and Giftware: Has attended and purchased at major design centers, showrooms, international trade fairs, flea markets, art fairs, and galleries in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, La Jolla, Atlanta, Dallas, and Boston. 

Artist Representative for Outsider Intuitive Visionary Artist, in Chicago (2002-2003): Promotion/branding, curating, sales, designed invitations with artist, arrangements for commissioned works. Orchestrated, curated, hosted Solo Show in Chicago's Gold Coast. Worked on other Chicago shows, including: Juried art fairs and benefits. Commissioned works included: Portrait of baby (Chicago), and primitive mask for masquerade event (NYC).

As the arts cross all boundaries, they free her to do so as well. And because of it, she's experiencing worlds she would never have known.





Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Beth Hillel Day School (Volunteering to help coach Literacy and the Arts)

The Window (An Artists' Salon)

La Jolla Library



New York Women in Communications, Inc.

Priority Films' RedLight Children Campaign

Duke Ellington Center for the Arts (DECFA)

Theater Salon (DECFA)

Drama Desk Awards

Larry King Cardiac Foundation

Boys' Towns of Italy, Inc.

National Osteoporosis Foundation

Institute of International Education / IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund

Art & Architecture Review Committee of Saint Peter’s Church, in NYC (Member of AARC)



Chicago Women in Publishing

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (Nominating Committee Chair for Board of Governors of the
     North Side Affiliate 1999-2006)

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive & Outsider Art (Marketing/Membership Committee 2003)

John David Mooney Foundation (Helped host events/dinners at the foundation’s
     International Currents Gallery 1995-2006.) Still actively supportive.

Ed Paschke Foundation - Still actively supportive.

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago Artists' Coalition



University of Tel Aviv, Israel

University of Iowa